Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Situated close to the urban city centre, Sheffield Botanical Gardens were opened in 1836 and now cover 19 acres on a south-west sloping site.

The Gardens are listed by English Heritage as a Grade II site of special historic and architectural interest.

Opening Times

Monday - Friday: 08:00 - 16:00
Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 - 16:00


Entry is Free.

Additional Information

Originally designed by Robert Marnock in the Gardenesque style, several winding paths take the visitor on an exploration through over 18 different garden areas based on geographical or botanical themes from across the world, with over 5500 species. The National Collections of Weigela, Diervilla and Sarcococca are also sited here.
The Grade 2 Glass Pavilions house a wonderful collection of plants from the temperate areas of the world and provide a wonderful backdrop for the sweeping lawns with their magnificent trees and central Broadwalk.
Much loved by children of all ages is a rare Grade II listed Bear Pit which can be found hidden between the recently renovated Mediterranean and Himalayan gardens. A well-preserved fossil of a tree-like Lepidodendron (could be 312 million years old) is also displayed in the Evolution garden.
Sheffield City Council is responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of the grounds, but the site is also well supported by Friends of the Botanical Gardens, who raise money to fund garden projects, host garden lectures & demonstrations, and provide a thriving volunteer force who work alongside the Council gardeners.

Accessibility Information

People in wheelchairs can access all parts of the Gardens.  The site is gently sloping and there are still a few sets of steps, but wherever there are steps there is an alternative, wheelchair-friendly route.